West Ham welcome Watford to the London Stadium in the Premier League tonight. It is a huge clash for both sides. A win will be almost certainly be enough to secure survival for the Hammers or the Hornets. And David Moyes has some big decisions to make regarding his starting lineup.

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Arguably the biggest for the Scot, however, is at left-back.

It will be incredibly hard for Moyes to change a winning team. There is no doubt about that.

But the prospect of Aaron Cresswell facing up against the pacy Ismaila Sarr will be a really concerning one for West Ham fans.

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David Moyes with Aaron Cresswell (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

So perhaps there is no better time than tonight to bring Arthur Masuaku back into the fold.

Inconsistent but pace not a problem for Arthur

The 26-year-old is an extremely divisive figure at the London Stadium. And he has been since arriving in east London in 2016.

His work-rate and commitment has been called into question on multiple occasions. But when the Democratic Republic of Congo international is on, he has so much to offer.


Masuaku is incredibly skilful, and he has the ability to beat a man with ease. The 26-year-old is so much quicker than Cresswell too.

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Arthur Masuaku (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

The Democratic Republic of Congo international has more than enough in his locker be able to deal with Sarr, if he is 100 per cent on his game. And unfortunately, the same cannot be said for Cresswell.

West Ham beat Watford 3-1 in the reverse fixture at Vicarage Road earlier this season. But the Hornets are a different team under the leadership of Nigel Pearson now.

And tonight’s game will undoubtedly be tight, tense and extremely difficult.

Moyes really should be considering bringing Masuaku back into the team against Watford.

It would be a hugely brave call for the Hammers boss to make. But one that could reap massive rewards come 10 o’clock tonight.

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